trivia

noun

triv·​ia ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
1
a
: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details
But all this is trivia. Feshbach's basic concerns run deeper.Cullen Murphy
b
: facts (as about people or events) that are not well-known
celebrity trivia
What follows is a small glossary of golf slang and trivia to help you talk as good a game as you play …Rachel Urquhart
often used before another noun
a trivia book
trivia buffs
2
singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts
often used before another noun
trivia night

Examples of trivia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My previous response was an attempt to provide a creative and fictionalized piece of trivia about Lincoln to add an interesting twist to the description. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 This is just a taste of the daily trivia challenges Lil Snack has to offer, so feel free to head over and check out the full list on their site. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 7 Mar. 2024 Mark Consuelos lit the Live audience's fuse during a hilariously shady round of the fan-favorite Stump Mark trivia game with a firefighter, after the in-studio crowd turned on the actor and booed him on the air. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 Hold a costume contest, award the best (or worst) karaoke singer or give your Grammy trivia game something for participants to strive for. Bradley Geiser, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for trivia 

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of trivia was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Trivia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trivia. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

trivia

singular or plural noun
triv·​ia ˈtriv-ē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio)
: unimportant matters

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